Additional Problems

Even if you have successfully completed all the steps, you may seem some problems with Cyrillic in certain programs or in parts of programs. Specifically, European accented characters or question marks might replace Cyrillic in

  • The title bars and status bars of programs
  • Menus of Russian-market programs
  • Headers in mail programs, especially Outlook and Outlook Express, and the Microsoft address book.
  • Title/author/info for Russian-language media presentations in WinAmp, Media Player, and other media presenters



You see a row of question marks at the top of the search window, where it should be Cyrillic text.

Screenshot of a browser at with ???????? across the top
You should see text spelled out.

Screenshot of a browser at with Cyrillic characters across the top
The absence of Cyrillic here is because Windows XP as installed on computers in North America automatically selects system fonts and code page settings for English. Fortunately, you can change the settings back and forth quite easily.

1.   Start -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Advanced
2.   Look for Language for non-Unicode programs. Choose Russian and click OK.
3.   Reboot when prompted to do so.

After this operation, you will be able to see everything in Cyrillic. You can even give your files legitimate Cyrillic names. Just remember that if you copy a Cyrillic-named file to a computer whose owner has not made this change, the filename will be unreadable.

One other caution, after making this change, menus in European languages may have Cyrillic letters in place of accented letter. For example, a Spanish language whose title bar has a word with an accented e, might have a Russian zh instead.